29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. October 18th 2020 Mission Sunday




Covid-19 Act Now! Given the resurgence of cases of Covid-19 we all need to renew our commitment to following the advice given by our public health experts. Consistent social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene along with the wearing of face coverings are essential if we are to succeed in controlling infection. So too is self-isolating at the onset of any symptoms and immediate contact with your doctor. Our actions have a direct effect on our families, our friends and in particular those who are most vulnerable. It is important for the common good that we redouble our efforts to keep ourselves safe and to keep each other safe. It is a real and concrete expression of our Christian calling in these difficult days.

Diocese of Clonfert Phase Three Covid-19 Guidance for Parishes Updated 15th October 2020


  1. The public Celebration of all Sunday Masses and Weekday Masses is cancelled until further notice. Priests will continue to celebrate Mass (including Mass booked for an intention) but without a congregation.

  2. All are encouraged to join spiritually in the celebration of Mass from their own homes (resources are available at clonfertdiocese.ie) or by means of parish radio or web-cam or through television and radio broadcasts.Mass available online for Woodford/Looscaun on www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun and on your radio locally in the parish on 105.0 MHz FM.

  3. Churches will remain open for individual prayer. Please enter only in small numbers and observe strict social distancing and hygiene routines.

  4. The celebration of the sacraments of Confirmations, First Confession, First Holy Communion is hereby postponed. Once the restrictions are lifted we will reschedule as soon as possible.

  5. Attendance at a funeral service and burial or cremation ceremony should be limited to 25 people. All health and safety precautions should be strictly adhered to.

  6. Attendance at the Sacrament of Marriage should be restricted to a maximum of 25 people. All health and safety precautions should be strictly adhered to.

  7. The Sacrament of Baptism should be celebrated only in an emergency.

  8. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation may continue as normal with all health and safety precautions strictly adhered to.

  9. The Sacrament of the Sick should be celebrated if necessary and with all health and safety precautions strictly adhered to.

  10. The necessity of house visits should be seriously considered. If such visits are deemed necessary health and safety precautions should be strictly adhered to.

  11. Parish News Letters continue as normal – please pick up in the church.

  12. Gatherings for parish related activities should be moved online.

  13. At this time the over 70s or medically vulnerable are advised to exercise individual judgement, and to stay at home as much as possible, and limit interactions to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.

  14. During this difficult period we thank you for your continued generosity in returning your envelopes as appropriate or using the online donation facility on the Clonfert Diocesan Website.

Thank You for Your Parish Donation it is Greatly Appreciated A big “Thank You” to all those who have made online donations to assist our parish. Online donations can be made by logging on to www.clonfertdiocese.ie Click on the secure “Donate” button located on the right of the screen and follow the instructions given. At the drop-down menu click on Woodford/Looscaun Parish to ensure that your donation goes to your local parish. Once again thank you so much for your contributions to the continued upkeep of our Parish. They are very much appreciated in these difficult times.

Online Banking,gives another option to donate to the parish directly by SEPA Transfer or direct debit to BIC BOFIIE2Dxxx IBAN IE23 BOFI 9039 4726 8843 26 You may wish to note your name or envelope number on the remittance note. Thank you to those who have also continued your generous financial support for the Parish in these difficult times by dropping off envelopes in the letter box at the Parochial House, Looscaun. It is greatly appreciated. You can also hold onto your envelopes at home and donate them when you have the opportunity and when it is safe for you to do so. Once again thank you so much for your contributions to the continued upkeep of our Parish. They are very much appreciated in these difficult times

Mission Sunday Collection: Envelopes are available at the Church door and with the parish newsletters for this vital collection for the Church in the developing world. Please give what you can and return envelopes in to the Parochial House in Looscaun or directly to World Mission Ireland, 64 Lwr Rathmines Rd. Dublin DO6 N2H1. You can donate by phone to 01-4972035. Every little helps.

Please be advised that at Level 3 restrictions Mass cannot be PUBLICLY celebrated at this time.

Mass will be available on 105FM locally and on Facebook Live www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun May the Holy Spirit help us to help each other at this time.

Weekday Mass: Broadcast by webcam every day from St Brendan’s Cathedral Loughrea

at 11am and 8pm and on RTE News Now at 10.30am

Sunday Mass: Mass is available every Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday at 10am and 12 noon from Loughrea Cathedral via webcam at www.loughreacathedral.ie Mass on RTE 1 at 11am and when not at 11am, 2pm on RTE News Now.

Rosary at the Grotto Sunday October 18th 2.30pm at Our Lady’s Grotto, Woodford. Since Churches in Ireland are closed for PUBLIC celebration of Mass at this time, you are invited to gather, social distanced, face masks strongly recommended in prayer this Sunday at Our Lady’s Grotto.Maximum of 15 people due to COVID regulations. If more come, we will subdivide into smaller groups.

Douras Cemetery As the cemetery mass could not take place this year due to Covid-19, we did not have the opportunity to hold our annual fundraising collection for the upkeep of the cemetery. Alternatively, if you wish to contribute this year you can do so at Gurteeny Post Office, Tuohys of Coose, or Conroy Agri.


Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto Results 2-3-8-22 Jackpot 11,200 euro Match 3 Carol Hogg Catherine Donoghue Next draw on Sun. Oct. 18th in Clubhouse. Tickets online on Klubfunder, locally at Woodford & Gurteeny Post Offices, Keary’s & Tuohy’s Video of draw/results will be posted on Facebook. www.klubfunder.com/clubs/Tommy_Larkins_GAA_ Club/lotto


Archbishop Eamonn Martin is asking families to pray the Rosary together for the month of October in what is called the

Family Rosary Crusade ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon 9.30am Tue 7.30pm Wed. 9.30am Thur.9.30am Fri. 8pm Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

Mass will be available on 105.0FM locally & available on Facebook Live on the Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun)

Sunday October 18th 11am Pat Joe & Mary Ann Pierce, Woodford.

Friday October 23rd 8pm Winnifred Cleary, Derrygoolin

Saturday October 24th 10am Martin & Annie Mooney, Gurteeny.

Sunday October 25th 11am Tom McNamara, Woodview.


Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox.


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sat. 7pm available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM

Saturday October 17th 7pm Annie, Paddy, Pat Joe & Sean Hayes, Allendara.

Saturday October 24th 7pm Martin, Gertrude & Eugene Tully, Rossmore.

Altar Society Betty Whelan Maura Tully


Sun Oct. 18th SR 8.06am Set 6.30pm

New Moon Fri. Oct 16th at 8.31pm First Quarter on Fri Oct. 23rd at 2.22pm



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